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      A Few Simple Rules   05/22/2017

      Sailing Anarchy is a very lightly moderated site. This is by design, to afford a more free atmosphere for discussion. There are plenty of sailing forums you can go to where swearing isn't allowed, confrontation is squelched and, and you can have a moderator finger-wag at you for your attitude. SA tries to avoid that and allow for more adult behavior without moderators editing your posts and whacking knuckles with rulers. We don't have a long list of published "thou shalt nots" either, and this is by design. Too many absolute rules paints us into too many corners. So check the Terms of Service - there IS language there about certain types of behavior that is not permitted. We interpret that lightly and permit a lot of latitude, but we DO reserve the right to take action when something is too extreme to tolerate (too racist, graphic, violent, misogynistic, etc.). Yes, that is subjective, but it allows us discretion. Avoiding a laundry list of rules allows for freedom; don't abuse it. However there ARE a few basic rules that will earn you a suspension, and apparently a brief refresher is in order. 1) Allegations of pedophilia - there is no tolerance for this. So if you make allegations, jokes, innuendo or suggestions about child molestation, child pornography, abuse or inappropriate behavior with minors etc. about someone on this board you will get a time out. This is pretty much automatic; this behavior can have real world effect and is not acceptable. Obviously the subject is not banned when discussion of it is apropos, e.g. talking about an item in the news for instance. But allegations or references directed at or about another poster is verboten. 2) Outing people - providing real world identifiable information about users on the forums who prefer to remain anonymous. Yes, some of us post with our real names - not a problem to use them. However many do NOT, and if you find out someone's name keep it to yourself, first or last. This also goes for other identifying information too - employer information etc. You don't need too many pieces of data to figure out who someone really is these days. Depending on severity you might get anything from a scolding to a suspension - so don't do it. I know it can be confusing sometimes for newcomers, as SA has been around almost twenty years and there are some people that throw their real names around and their current Display Name may not match the name they have out in the public. But if in doubt, you don't want to accidentally out some one so use caution, even if it's a personal friend of yours in real life. 3) Posting While Suspended - If you've earned a timeout (these are fairly rare and hard to get), please observe the suspension. If you create a new account (a "Sock Puppet") and return to the forums to post with it before your suspension is up you WILL get more time added to your original suspension and lose your Socks. This behavior may result a permanent ban, since it shows you have zero respect for the few rules we have and the moderating team that is tasked with supporting them. Check the Terms of Service you agreed to; they apply to the individual agreeing, not the account you created, so don't try to Sea Lawyer us if you get caught. Just don't do it. Those are the three that will almost certainly get you into some trouble. IF YOU SEE SOMEONE DO ONE OF THESE THINGS, please do the following: Refrain from quoting the offending text, it makes the thread cleanup a pain in the rear Press the Report button; it is by far the best way to notify Admins as we will get e-mails. Calling out for Admins in the middle of threads, sending us PM's, etc. - there is no guarantee we will get those in a timely fashion. There are multiple Moderators in multiple time zones around the world, and anyone one of us can handle the Report and all of us will be notified about it. But if you PM one Mod directly and he's off line, the problem will get dealt with much more slowly. Other behaviors that you might want to think twice before doing include: Intentionally disrupting threads and discussions repeatedly. Off topic/content free trolling in threads to disrupt dialog Stalking users around the forums with the intent to disrupt content and discussion Repeated posting of overly graphic or scatological porn content. There are plenty web sites for you to get your freak on, don't do it here. And a brief note to Newbies... No, we will not ban people or censor them for dropping F-bombs on you, using foul language, etc. so please don't report it when one of our members gives you a greeting you may find shocking. We do our best not to censor content here and playing swearword police is not in our job descriptions. Sailing Anarchy is more like a bar than a classroom, so handle it like you would meeting someone a little coarse - don't look for the teacher. Thanks.


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  1. One of the major difficulties Trillian experienced in her relationship with Zaphood was learning to distinguish between him pretending to be stupid just to get people off their guard, pretending to be stupid because he couldn't be bothered to think and wanted someone else to do it for him, pretending to be outrageously stupid to hide the fact that he actually didn’t understand what was going on, and really being genuinely stupid.
  2. Some actual numbers regarding the original topic...i know, highly frowned upon in these parts... http://www.usatoday.com/story/travel/columnist/mcgee/2014/09/24/airplane-reclining-seat-pitch-width/16105491/ adventurelad
  3. A few photos, to give you an indication of the view from Marina Green. All shot with a 105 mm zoom. First two are day 1, from the bleachers. #3 should be self explanatory (at Pier 27). #4 is day 2, from the ground at Marina Green...wasn't really that foggy, a bit of operator error on the camera! First time uploading photos...not sure how to upload more than 1 MB, so apologies for the small size.
  4. Just back from a fantastic weekend in SF, so I'll add my 2 cents... Watched from Marina Green both days...had bleacher tickets for the first day as we didn't know what to expect. The extra height is nice to be able to see over the jetty at SFYC. While the boats do get quite close (first mark rounding up to the first gybe/flybe, and quite often on the upwind), having access to the commentary and big screens was key to following the leeward end of the course. Second day we stood on the grass in front of the bleachers, but positioned so we could still see the big screens. We debated watching from Aquatic Park and/or Fisherman's Wharf, but decided the video / telemetry / commentary was a must. Didn't bring my camera to work to upload photos, but really good viewing from there. Would still recommend binoculars though. No need to buy beer at the Green as there is no bag search unless you are sitting in the pay seats. Saw people with bottles of champagne, etc. That said, we still splashed out for the nice stainless steel souvenir cups of beer (to be used for mules in the future!). We picked up yummy sourdough sandwiches from Boudin on our walk from Pier 27 to the Green (probably a 45 minute walk). There is also a shop selling New Zealand lamb and veggie pies in the Fisherman's Wharf area (at Pier 41, 'Cup of Love', http://www.yelp.com/biz/cup-of-love-san-francisco). Post race, day 1, we went to SFYC and it was packed. Waited what seemed like 10 minutes to get a beer, so just had one and moved on. Had to catch the flight home after day 2 so didn't get to hang around much. Fantastic racing, exciting to be there with all of the supporters, lots of cheering at each close crossing, at the start, etc. Spent ~15 minutes educating people on the rules after NZ got the penalty at the first mark rounding on day 2. Just a great atmosphere around town. Early reports of not much fan gear around town were definitely reversed on Saturday and Sunday, lots of Oracle and ETNZ gear, flags, etc. Had so much fun that the wife and I booked tickets to come back next weekend before we got on the plane home! Thank goodness for frequent flyer miles! Adventurelad
  5. I am also surprised to see that the tiebars from the king post to the front beam still terminate midway along the beam... at the same failure point of AR1... considering the catastrophic failure of the beam in AR1 i would have expected a redesign... if you look at the arrangement of ETNZ and LR the tiebars terminate virtually at the beam to hull joint... The inboard location of the ties is to match the inboard position of the back stays .. the bracing is also terminated inboard to deal with the compression arising from the back stay and king post tie .. there are no bending loads applied to the rear beam with this arrangement .. I don't think the AR engineers are so incompetent that they would messed up such a simple system . Seems to me the vertical component of the backstay load is still applying a bending load to the rear cross-beam. No (or very little) bending in the transverse plane, but still plenty of bending in the vertical plane...